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Santiago Arias wants move to the Premier League

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PSV Eindhoven defender Santiago Arias has signed a new contract tying him to the Dutch giants until 2019, but not without making it very clear he still sees his long-term future elsewhere.

Arias has been tracked by Manchester United among others for more than 12 months, after making a very quick success of a move from Sporting Lisbon to PSV in 2013.

The 23-year-old saw speculation over a move to Old Trafford largely die down when David Moyes left Old Trafford last year, but has made it very clear during his interview to confirm fresh terms with PSV that he'd like to prove his worth in a top European league if given the chance.

PSV star has higher ambitions

In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf the Colombian international full-back insisted: "I'm in a great club and I'm very happy. I hope this long to play, though I'm certainly open as a time the opportunity arises in the future to play in England or Germany for example."

Described by PSV technical director Marcel Brands as a modern full-back with attacking and defensive qualities in equal measure, it looks as though Arias is hoping that raw potential will eventually add up to a well-trodden path from Eredivise to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

United need a new right-back

Arias is definitely a player United fans should keep a close eye on in 2015, because its quite clear from looking at Louis van Gaal's squad that the Red Devils are short in his preferred position at right-back.

Rafael has largely failed to convince when called upon this season, so don't be at all surprised if United are in the market for a new full-back this summer and Arias is on a long list of players with the potential to fill that void moving forward.

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